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Ninkasi Radiant Summer Ale



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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Seasonal Release Series. Radiant Summer Ale is, "Crisp and flavorful, Radiant Summer Ale is a clean finishing summer offering in the Ninkasi tradition. The smooth malt character is balanced by a clean noble hop presence, the perfect compliment to a glorious summer day! 6% alc./vol. 40 ibus." Itís dry-hopped with Liberty hops. Itís more bitter rather than floral and has a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle: Clear copper color with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Aroma of celery, malts, and green fields. The flavors make a fair attempt at being well balanced with a bit of an hairspray aftertaste. Thin body with a fairly bitter aftertaste. Ok, but not radiant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Light amber color with a small white head. Lemon and straw aromas. Semi sweet and malty up front with some caramel hints. Finish is bitter with a lemon, floral hop character. Sticky texture with average carbonation. Hoppier than most Summer seasonals. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is caramel with some light floral hops and a slight piney hint. Clear copper with a big light beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet with some pine and bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2011
This is a clean summer ale as in lacking flavor- a pale taste with an odd bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Dry tasting, with a nice touch of hops, rye, yeast and hay. Smooth drinking and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
[Bottle] Lightly clouded amber hue, decent head formation. Very vague on the nose, a little earthy, a little citrus. All citrus on the palate, finishes with a big lemony bitter citrus. Thereís some sweet malt in the middle but itís minimal. Maybe a good afternoon refresher but a little light and simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle which is part of a 4-pack from BevMo - Pours a clear copper color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Aroma is spicy herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, and herbal and pine hops. Dry finish, medium body. This beer is very Lager like. Not your typical APA. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3639) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
22 ounce bottle from a mixed 4 pack that was purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. The aroma is metallic with a little spiciness, and not much else happening. Maybe a little ginger spiciness? This has a lot of floaties it. Copper colored body with a smallish off-white head present. This is a pretty smooth and malty start. Caramel malts with a little nuttiness present. Finishes with a snappy, crisp, grassy hoppy finish. Moderate bitterness. Iím usually not a big fan of APAs, but this one is delicious.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2011
bottle... dark gold with bright orange hue, bright tope head, half creamy half bubbles, ok lace.. weak nose of baby vomit and bo with a bit of oranges, bad... juvenile taste, light caramel with oranges, bitter alcohol hops, blah... pass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2011
12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours a hazy tangerine color with sediment floating around and a light-beige medium head with decent retention; leaves Rorschach-like lacework. Aroma is floral, bready. Taste is characteristically Ninkasi, that is, pretty damn bitter. Highly carbonated with an oily mouthfeel; finish is long and bitter. Itís good, but it doesnít really seem like a summer beer. Itís too bitter for that.

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